$14 Million for SBHCs

California's SBHCs make health care accessible for students.

Kings Canyon Unified School District officials and community members break ground on a new SBHC.

A total of $14.34 million in federal funding was awarded to 31 school-based health centers (SBHCs) across California on December 19. Made available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and announced by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the funds are the third and final round of more than $189 million in grants that have been awarded to 520 SBHCs nationally since 2011. There are 200 SBHCs in California serving more than 205,000 children, with at least 40 centers in the works.

Download our press release on the grants.

In California, 70 SBHC grants totaling more than $30 million have been awarded since 2011 – the most of any state – in an effort to improve access to primary, mental, and oral health care for school-aged children. The three rounds of funding mark the first federal investment directed solely to SBHCs, with grants being used to establish new sites or upgrade existing facilities. Data show that SBHCs help decrease absenteeism, reduce unnecessary and costly emergency room visits, and ensure quality and cost-effective care for children and adolescents.

“School-based health centers are redefining the way we think about health care for kids and teens,” said Serena Clayton, Executive Director of the California School Health Centers Association (CSHC). “Health means getting kids preventive care, keeping them in school, and keeping them out of emergency rooms, jails, and unemployment lines. These grants take a bold step forward in reaching more kids. We hope the government will follow through with additional funding for staffing to make these clinics sustainable investments.”

Congress has yet to make available $50 million in operations funding nationally that would go to help staff SBHCs with nursing practitioners, mental health providers, administrators, and more. CSHC is working with the National Assembly of School-Based Health Centers (NASBHC) to urge inclusion of these funds in the President’s forthcoming budget.

SBHCs provide the same high-quality primary health care available in doctors’ offices or clinics. In addition, because of their location on a school campus, SBHCs are able to offer expanded preventive services such as health education, nutrition and physical activity, violence and bullying prevention, and leadership opportunities for youth to build career skills. At least 70% of students served by California’s SBHCs receive free and reduced price school meals.

Grants were awarded to the following California SBHCs:

Clinic City


Alameda Family Services Alameda


Clinica Sierra Vista Bakersfield


Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles Bell Gardens


Lifelong Medical Care, Inc. Berkeley


Borrego Community Health Foundation Borrego Springs


Altamed Health Services Corporation Commerce


Fresno Unified School District Fresno


Children’s Clinic Serving Children and their Families Long Beach


St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, Inc. Los Angeles


Los Angeles Unified School District Los Angeles


JWCH Institute, Inc. Los Angeles


County of Contra Costa Martinez


Community Health Centers of the Central Coast, Inc. Nipomo


Mission City Community Network, Inc. North Hills


Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland


Fred Finch Children’s Home, Inc. Oakland


United Health Centers of the San Joaquin Valley Parlier


Petaluma Health Center, Inc. Petaluma


Rowland Unified School District Rowland Heights


Effort, Inc. Sacramento


La Maestra Family Clinic, Inc. San Diego


Family Health Centers of San Diego, Inc. San Diego


San Leandro Unified School District San Leandro


Health Mobile Santa Clara


Southwest Community Health Center Santa Rosa


Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation Torrance


Tulare Community Health Clinic Tulare


Tulare Local Health Care District Tulare


Salud para la Gente Watsonville


East Valley Community Health Center, Inc. West Covina


MMC for Children and Families West Sacramento


TOTAL AMOUNT OF FUNDING                $14,344,453

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